..."and a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the way of holiness; evil minded people shall not travel on it, but it shall be for those wayfarers who are traveling toward God. (Isaiah 35:8, adapted)

Friday, March 28, 2008

Never Despair, Never Lose Hope, Never Lose Faith

Never despair of who you are.
You answer to God and not man.
Every nuance, though not understood
by those you desperately hoped would,
can yet be,
yes, indeed, is,
a shining facet of a diamond,
perhaps still in the rough,
that God can be glorified in.

Leave it to Him and let Him
polish you. You shall one
day shine like the sun!

Never lose hope. Across the
days and years of life many a
wind will blow against you.
Hoist your sails and see where
the winds take you.
Trust they are the winds of God.
Let yourself go to them.

Never lose faith. There is only
One that sticks closer than a brother.
Only One who knows you better
than you know yourself. Only
One who believes in you enough
to carry you over the threshold
of Heaven's door.
When you cannot believe, let
Him believe in you, and for you.
Let Him carry you.

Never lose trust. Amidst the
harsh ways of the world, hurt
is inevitable. Pain can cause you
to push so much good away. Don't
let anyone or anything tell you
that God is not able to be
trusted. He is a Friend of Friends,
and in His company is safety
and refuge.

Never lose love. Without it,
the soul shrivels, the eyes dim,
the spirit blackens. Never doubt
that Love will triumph. He shall.
Love is what we live on.
Eat of He who is Love and prepare a
banquet for those around you.
Urge them to eat of Love also.

I know you have been misunderstood.
So have I. When people spurn you,
perhaps they spurn something of
Jesus in you. Perhaps not.
Let God sort it out.
Be the best you can be.
Give the most you dare. Then
give more. Take worthy risks.
Avoid judgment. Leave it to

Life is short. Eternal life is long.
Choices matter. Choose wisely.
Be good or at least let God be
good in you.
Say your prayers.
Never give up.
Never give up.
Life is a wonder.
God is good.

photo taken at Painted Mines, Colorado

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